Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences?
-Dedicated single mom who has turned many corners in the last few months- son graduated high school and joined the Army, I got married and took on 3 additional children, and quit my job of 18 years to relocate with my husband. I now find making jewelry to be my salvation, keeps my hands busy, my mind off unemployment, and gives me a bonding venue with the children- some pieces were inspired by them. I face each day with a positive attitude, a cup of coffee, and beads -oh the mesmerizing colors and shapes of beads.
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy:
I design unique handmade jewelry. I have my hands in just about every type of jewelry I can think of: glass beads, wood beads, acrylic beads, wire wrapped beads. I use hemp, nylon, wire, pendants, shells, charms, memory wire, chain, buttons, thread, elastic. Each piece is individual and unique.
What is your favorite thing about creating?
My favorite thing about creating is that there is no wrong answer- each item is a statement, a feeling, an idea and as it builds it is transformed into its own identity and characteristic.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find the most inspiration from the beads. A color sparks a thought about “this would look nice with …” and then “oh this will look great with it too”. Sometimes a pendant just begs for a certain color bead, or combination of beads. A great example of this is the Button Necklace- “Bubbles”. The button caught my attention and I went from there.
Do you have any selling tips or tricks for other Etsy sellers?
My best advice is to become part of the ETSY community- join a team, comment on a discussion thread, ask for advice from other sellers, and share what you figure out with others. You can be a rock all by yourself, but getting noticed is part of the draw to selling- you’ve got to have an audience- the more you share, the more is shared with you. I have found circles to be a great way to see what people like in my shop- move the popular items to the featured section, post the items on a few discussions in my teams, and wait for someone to snatch it up. If its featured, it wont last long.
Do you have a coupon code for us?
20% OFF with code 2012SALE OR FREE SHIPPING with code SHIP2YOU. Gift wrapping is available – add it to the comment when submitting the order- FREE.